I had a total thyroidectomy for a very large substernal goiter, so my progress may be a little different. I am still having tightness in my throat and neck area and the incision is still painful and lumpty (bad scar) since my surgery Dec 2005. I tried sleeping on 3 pillows and still do to keep my neck raised. I was allergic to all the major pain medicines and antibiotics, so I ended up just using over the counter tylenol and currently
use motrin. Pray things work out for you.